Qatar Airways is to significantly increase
flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the introduction of a
fourth destination and additional services to existing markets,
representing a dramatic 71% rise in frequency.
The western Saudi
city of Medina becomes the Doha-based airline’s newest destination
in the Kingdom with four-flights-a-week, beginning 14 July 2011.
Medina is the second holiest city of Islam after Mecca and home to
the three oldest mosques in the Islamic religion.
The Doha – Medina route will be operated
non-stop with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12
seats in First Class and 132 in Economy.
The new route
launch is in addition to increased capacity to Saudi Arabia’s two
largest cities – the capital Riyadh and Red Sea port city of
Jeddah, which will each see their daily services rise to double
daily, effective 1 June 2011.
Also from 1 June, the eastern city of Dammam will see capacity
increase from the current 21 flights a week to 28. Dammam, the
third largest city in Saudi Arabia, is the capital of the
country’s oil-rich Eastern Province and a key commercial hub and
port in the Kingdom.
Qatar Airways is operating a mix of
narrow-body Airbus A320s and wide-body Airbus A330s and its
flagship Boeing 777 aircraft on flights to and from Saudi Arabia.
“The extra flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
are a welcome boost to our schedules, for our passengers and also
towards our commitment to the market,” said Qatar Airways Chief
Executive Officer, Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “Saudi Arabia is the
largest of the GCC countries and a natural market for Qatar
Airways to step up its presence. We are delighted to be
facilitating travel to and from the Kingdom and look forward to
building on what are already strong links between our two
countries, the State of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.”
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